Patrick's Tree is a tree and landscape improvement project at Lacy Park in San Marino. On November 1st, a fundraiser was held at the park in concert with Southern California Children's Museum. The day included a mini race,Smokey The Bear, food trucks, succulent planting, paper marbling and a petting zoo including a porcupine, a hedgehog and a snake from the Wildlife Learning Center. The day was a big success with $40,000 raised towards the $100,000 goal. All photography by Marija Thomas.
The newest blog post for Permaset Inks features Robey Clark and the Pop-Hop Books & Print shop in Los Angeles. Robey has a very unique way of using screen printing in his art work which is does while also running his Highland Park shop. The full article can be read here or by clicking the link below:
On September 20th, we held the last of four artist-led workshops at the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Artesia Branch. Each workshop was led by a Los Angeles-based artist or designer and supported by the Friends Of The Library in Artesia. Participants learned about the ancient art of block printing and could create custom patterns on water color paper and muslin. Thank you Artesia for a great summer workshop series!
The latest screen print article features Grow Your Own Media located in Atwater Village in Los Angeles. I had the pleasure of visiting the studio & print shop while learning more about their history and work. Click here to read the article. If you want to learn how to screen print or need studio space on an hourly basis, visit GYOM.
The mural for Locke High School, "Knowledge Moves Mountains", has been submitted to the 2014 Collaboration of Art + Design competition. The goals of the CODAawards are to "celebrate design projects that demonstrate the most successful integration of commissioned art into an interior or architectural space. Awards honor the individuals and the teams whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us every day." GriffinMade's entry can be seen here or by clicking the image below.
The administrators at Locke High School wanted to end the school year by showing a time lapse of the painting project.
In January I started working with a group of 10th graders at Locke High School in Watts. The administrators wanted to improve the school grounds while engaging the students throughout the process. They had identified one wall of the classroom building as the ideal spot for a mural. After meeting with the students to hear their thoughts on art and their school, I created the design for "Knowledge Moves Mountains". Over the last several weeks, the group of 10th graders and I cleaned, primed and painted the mural.
On March 17th, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission held a panel discussion at Standard Sculpture as part of their Open Office Hours series. The topic was Materials and Collaboration and the discussion was about the making of "A Healing Home" for Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. A description of the event: Artist Dominique Moody has just completed her largest public artwork to date, an assemblage piece comprised of found objects, reclaimed wood and reprinted archival photographs. Join us for our next Civic Art Open Office Hours event and hear from the individuals who worked with Moody to complete the project. This presentation is an opportunity to learn how collaborations can allow you to dream big and will address the considerations necessary to make collaboration successful.
Speakers include: Chris Grant, fabricator, Donna Williams, conservator, Louise Griffin, artist & fabrication/install oversight and Dominique Moody, artist
Over the last several months I have been project managing the fabrication and installation of the lobby artwork for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Outpatient Center in Los Angeles. The artwork was created by Dominique Moody, an assemblage artist who recently completed an artist-in-residence at the Watts Towers Arts Center and is now an artist-in-residence at Zorthian Ranch. After months of fabricating, Standard Sculpture was ready to install the artwork this past week. Here are some photos of them maneuvering around a very tight space as they installed the work. The new hospital will celebrate its official opening in April 2014.
On November 23rd the Compton branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library sponsored a screen print workshop that was free and open to all ages. Residents learned about the history of screen printing, using water-based inks and printing on a 4 color press. They printed the state of California and Compton Library then added their own artwork to customize their t-shirts. Thanks to all the participants, volunteers and Jose for the great turn-out!
The CoD+A Awards were established to celebrate design projects that demonstrate the most successful integration of commissioned art into an interior or architectural space. The Awards recognize the importance of collaboration, and honor the design and art professionals whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us (As stated on The Arts Commission's website). The jury selected the top 100 projects out of 433 entries. The coutyards made the top 100! Below is a link to the courtyards as well as a link to all one hundred projects. There are some amazing designs in the group and GriffinMade is honored to be in the mix.
While some items appear on both websites, the GriffinMade Etsy shop features very limited runs like the "STRIPES ONLY" collection. This collection is made up of striped scarves sewn as giant tubes. The scarves can be worn several different ways depending on your preference. They are all made from remnant fabric and come with a set of rubber rings which are by-products of skateboard wheel manufacturing. Hop over and take a look.
A billboard from the streets of Los Angeles screenprinted on a handmade tote bag. Screenprint colors are light purple and fuschia. Tote bag is made from black denim salvaged from the garment manufacturing process. The tote bag is tapered with 2″ gusset and one interior pocket.
Dimensions are approximately 12″L x 13″W at bottom of taper and 10″W at top of taper.
Single strap is approximately 11 1/2″L x 3″W.